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Address: 4119 Highway 223, Iona, Nova Scotia B2C 1A3, Canada
Phone Number: +1 902-725-2272
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Experience the lifestyle of the Scots in Nova Scotia at the Village's...

Experience the lifestyle of the Scots in Nova Scotia at the Village's Outdoor Pioneer Museum or look up your Cape Breton roots at the Genealogy and Family History Centre. The Highland Village is situated on a beautiful site overlooking the Bras d'Or Lakes and is open from May to mid October.

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A surprising delight with few visitors

Much better than many a historical recreation the historical houses and lifestyles represented are well animated. The church alone is worth the journey

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Toronto
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Much better than many a historical recreation the historical houses and lifestyles represented are well animated. The church alone is worth the journey

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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this review

The story of how the church was floated across the lake to the site is remarkable. WE're glad you enjoyed your visit with us. Thanks for telling us about it. More 

Vista, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped by and it was worth every penny - the best of Nova Scotia! Dressed-up interpreters with stories to tell thru the ages, with farming, animals, spinning, weaving, General Store with fiddle music, school with wool fulling table, church, blacksmith - an amazing historical presentation! Best of all - the busloads of cruise tourists came as we were leaving!!! They... More 

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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this review

Good to hear about your visit with us. Thank you for taking the time to write. More 

West Bend, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a nice destination to spend a couple of hours. The buildings are laid out in a time sequence from leaving the highlands of Scotland to early 1800's. The village is set right on the coast and the views are spectacular! Enjoy anywhere from an hour or two here.

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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting and taking the time to write about your experience. More 

Pennington, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a great place to see and learn about the history of the Scottish people who made their new home in the New World here in Cape Breton Island. Lots of see and every building on the site is a slow journey in time of the changes with the culture and work that the Scots made for themselves in... More 

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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this review

WE have just finished up a very busy season and it is icing on the cake to read your lovely comments. Thanks for taking the time to write. More 

Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

Our B&B hosts recommended Iona and we were not disappointed. It is on a hill overlooking the Bras d'Or Lake so views were good even though it was a bit misty when we visited. It's a living museum going back in time from the first Scottish settlers finding the money to get to Nova Scotia and their struggles during the... More 

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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this review

We're glad you enjoyed your visit with us and took the time to write about it. There is parking available on the upper level for anyone who may experience walking difficulty. You can enjoy most of the village from here. More 

Canmore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

A great museum showing how new Scottish immigrants lived when the arrived in Cape Breton. A little steep to walk in places so would not suit some people but the views are fantastic.

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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting and taking the time to write about your experience. You are correct to point out there is a hill to climb at the beginning of the tour. However, if you ask at the entrance, you will be able to park on the top level and explore the Village from there. More 

West Kelowna, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016

This Village was recommended by the Visitor Centre in Baddeck, and we were so pleased they suggested it. As other reviews stated, the staff were knowledgeable and skillful (as well as engaging). We spent several hours exploring the buildings and learning about the Gaelic way of life. The site is nicely laid out, includes a picnic area and had fabulous... More 

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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this review

We are a short drive from Baddeck and we're glad you made the trip. Thank you for telling us about it. More 

Collingwood, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016

This was one of our favourite visits on our vacation. The village is set out in such a fashion that you are really talking a walk through time which helped us to understand the settlement of the Scottish immigrants over 250 years. It's all very well done and the onsite animators are so good that at times, I forgot they... More 

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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this review

Thank you for writing about your visit. I'm glad you pointed out there is an upper parking lot. Just ask at the admissions desk. More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016 via mobile

Highland village is right next to the Iona heights where we stayed. Historic replica village with houses school, store, blacksmith. Had highland cattle, highland sheep, some chickens and a pig. Staff is dressed in period clothing. It is perched high on the hill with a great view of the lake.

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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this review

We are fortunate to have the Iona Heights Inn next door. It's a lovely place to stay or get a tasty meal when you come to visit us. Thank you for writing. More 

Rancho cucamonga, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016 via mobile

Had a cruise which stopped in Sydney so rented a car and came here. It's beautiful and informative. I love the way the people stay in character and give you a good idea of the past.

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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this review

The Highland Village in Iona is only a 45 minute drive from Sydney. We're glad you took the time to come out and visit us. More 

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